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Warm & Toasty


$61 for a new furnace igniter.

$192 for a new gas valve. 

A husband that somehow knows how to install all this stuff?


Of course, this took awhile.  Starting with a Friday afternoon run to the parts store.  The igniter they sold us was bad, but it was too late, the place was closed.  It was a new kind, they’d just got them in.  Not the best thing to give someone to try out on a FRIDAY NIGHT!!

The weather wasn’t too bad over the weekend so we were fine.  We could light our furnace manually with a lighter (not recommended by the way) if we had to use it.  On Monday, new igniter was installed and the furnace fired every time.  I can only imagine what the HVAC guy would’ve charged by the hour, and then there’s probably extra $$ tacked on the parts, I’m sure.

We don’t have a fireplace but we do have a really nice kerosene heater that we use sometimes as supplemental heat.  Saves $$ on the gas bill.  We’ve been checking out small wood stoves.  Does anyone have experience with one?  We would need ours to be free standing, not an insert (no fireplace) and I don’t want anything huge.  We’ve got a TON of wood on our property from the ice storm(s) so purchasing wood wouldn’t happen for a very long time, if ever.  If you own one, let me know.  I’d like to know how you feel about it.

Author: Kirsten

Student of life, mother of one kid, 2 cats, and three dogs. I take and teach yoga, enjoy reading, movies, beaches, piddling in my yard and a good glass of wine with or without company.

2 thoughts on “Warm & Toasty

  1. Wow, what a coincidence!! Our furnance went out early Monday morning, the repairman wasn’t able to get here till yesterday. No one in town had the valve so it’s supposed to be in this morning and he is to come back today to install it. Duanne was home yesterday and I will be today. Just wish is wasn’t so blasted cold outside. We are able to keep it okay in here with the 4 large space heaters. You are so lucky that Frank is able to fix everything!!

  2. A wood stove is a great way to go. I had 2 in my house when I was frowing up and they heat really well. There are some great potbelly stoves as well as really nice Parlor style stoves that are freestanding and do not take up a lot of room.

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